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Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

Dayton, Ohio - The Dayton Dragons rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to battle back from a 3-2 deficit and defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps 4-3 at Fifth Third Field.  The win gave the Dragons their second “walk-off” victory of the season.

West Michigan scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie.  But the Dragons began their comeback when Jimmy Pickens opened the bottom of the ninth with a single off the glove of second baseman Joey Pankake.  Garrett Boulware’s sacrifice moved Pickens to second.  Narciso Crook and Luis Gonzalez drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out.  Wendell Soto followed with a line drive single to center to drive in Pickens and tie the game at 3-3, but Crook was tagged out at home on the play as he tried to score from second for the second out.  Brian O’Grady walked to load the bases.  Ronald Bueno followed with a ground ball to the right side of the infield.  West Michigan first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni went hard to his right, knocked the ball down, picked it up, and flipped to pitcher Johan Belisario covering first.  The throw beat Bueno to the bag, but Belisario was past the base when he took the throw in full stride, allowing Gonzalez to score the winning run from third.

The Dragons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Boulware singled with one out to drive in Pickens from second, who scored with a great reaching slide to get around the tag.  West Michigan tied the game in the fifth and took the lead with one run in the top of the sixth.  The Dragons evened the score in the bottom of the sixth when Gavin LaValley doubled and scored from second on Boulware’s two-out single.

Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong worked the first five and one-third innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.  Jake Ehret provided an exceptional outing in relief of Armstrong, retiring all eight batters he faced with six strikeouts.  Brian Hunter (1-1) allowed an unearned run in the top of the ninth but was credited with the win.

The Dragons collected eight hits.  Boulware was 2 for 3 with two RBI.  Soto was 2 for 4 with the game-tying RBI.

The Dragons (8-9) host the Whitecaps (8-9) in the last game of the series on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field as Dayton goes for a sweep of the three-game set.  Tyler Mahle (1-1, 2.87) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Fernando Perez (0-2, 5.40).

All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com.  Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

Notes:  Prior to the game, the Dragons placed outfielder Aristides Aquino on the disabled list with a broken left wrist.  Aquino was hit by a pitch from West Michigan’s A.J. Ladwig in the first inning Friday night.  Typical healing time for this injury is four-to-six weeks.  Outfielder Jonathan Reynoso was promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.  Reynoso appeared in 52 games for the Dragons in 2014, batting .229 with no home runs and 13 runs batted in.
Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

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NATIONALS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Washington's Stephen Strasburg left after only 16 pitches, and Zack Cozart had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds rallied against the Nationals' bullpen for a 5-2 victory on Friday night.

The Reds won for only the second time in 12 games.

Strasburg gave up a solo homer in the first inning to Joey Votto and walked Brayan Pena on his 16th pitch to open the second. He shrugged after the pitch, a trainer went to the mound, and Strasburg headed for the clubhouse after a brief conversation.

Taylor Jordan (0-1) took over and gave up three runs in the sixth. Brandon Phillips -- limited to pinch hitting because of a sore toe -- tied it with a sacrifice fly. Billy Hamilton singled for a 3-2 lead, stole second, and scored on Cozart's third single of the game.

Anthony DeSclafani (3-4) went six innings for his first win since April 20.

INDIANS-MARINERS

SEATTLE (AP) -- Taijuan Walker allowed two hits over eight strong innings, Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Friday night.

Walker (2-5) got his first win since April 27 with one of the best starts of the 22-year-old's young career. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight, matching his career high.

Smith, batting cleanup for the first time this season with Robinson Cano out sick, hit a 2-1 pitch from Trevor Bauer (4-2) into the right-center seats in the sixth inning. It scored Nelson Cruz, who had singled.

The Mariners have homered in eight straight games and 13 of their last 14.

Fernando Rodney had trouble in the ninth, allowing a pinch-hit, run-scoring single by Ryan Raburn, but still earned his 14th save in 16 opportunities.

REDS-ROTATION

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have moved struggling starter Jason Marquis to the bullpen, leaving them with three rookies in the starting rotation for now.

Marquis signed with the Reds in the offseason, continuing his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went 3-4 with a 6.46 ERA in nine starts, prompting manager Bryan Price to rearrange his rotation for a series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Marquis gave up four runs and 10 hits during 5 2/3 innings of a 5-4 loss on Monday to the Rockies.

Johnny Cueto remains sidelined by inflammation in his pitching elbow, causing him to miss two starts so far. Price said the earliest he would return is a series in Philadelphia next week.

BROWNS-YOUNT WAIVED

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount.

The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days before the finale in Baltimore.

Yount appeared in 53 games with the Browns, who signed him to a five-year, $4.2 million contract extension in 2013. His problems last season began when he snapped high on a missed extra-point attempt in a win against New Orleans. He also had two bad snaps in a two-point loss to Baltimore.

Hughlett is currently the only long snapper on Cleveland's roster. He'll work in training camp with Carey Spear and Travis Coons, expected to compete for the starting kicker's job. Neither have kicked in a regular-season game.

FINALS-CAVALIERS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James says he's given teammates "the blueprint" for the NBA Finals and it's up to the Cavaliers to follow it.

James will appear in his fifth straight finals, a feat not accomplished since 1966 when members of the Boston Celtics were on their dynastical run. As he and the Cavaliers prepare to meet Golden State, James says the key to postseason success is to stay even keeled and understand the task at hand.

One of Cleveland's main issues against the Warriors will be defending Stephen Curry, the league's MVP with the deadly shooting touch. Asked how the Cavs intend to slow Curry, James says, "the same way you slow me down. You can't."

The break before Game 1 on Thursday will allow Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving more time to recover after he was slowed by knee tendinitis and a sore foot in the Eastern Conference finals.

WARRIORS-THOMPSON

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not practice until he is symptom free.

The Warriors announced the diagnosis Friday after Thompson went through neurological tests earlier in the day. Thompson was kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of Golden State's Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night.

Thompson will be evaluated and will not be allowed back on the court until he clears the NBA concussion protocol guidelines.

Thompson was initially cleared to return to the game by team doctors. He ended up not playing and started developing symptoms after the game.

The NBA Finals start next Thursday against Cleveland.

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